General Policies

Every application must include:

  • the GEO online application
  • the host institution’s application
  • your official transcript
  • a photocopy of your passport photo and signature page (the passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date).

Each application may require additional supporting documents. Please refer to the individual program page on the website or ask a member of the GEO staff for further clarification. It is the student’s responsibility to complete ALL of the application requirements and submit all necessary material by the GEO deadline.

Due Dates

Please submit your application on time and complete. It can be dropped off in person, mailed, faxed, or emailed before the due date. Official transcripts must be submitted in original form and cannot be sent via email or fax. Please refer to the contact page for further details on where to send your application.

The application due dates for each semester are listed on the website, and subject to change from one semester to the next.


Travel Warnings

The University recognizes that on rare occasions there might be compelling reasons to consider allowing students to participate in a program in a “high-risk” location. A specific set of procedures has been designed for travelers to seek approval through the International Safety and Security Assessment Committee (ISSAC), based on the traveler’s consideration of measures    to minimize risk and development of appropriate support mechanisms.

If the country where your program takes place appears on any of the 3 following lists, there are additional steps you will need to take before being allowed to participate:

In addition, if you propose University-sponsored travel to a country that is on the federal government’s sanctions lists, you will also need to submit a petition for approval to ISSAC.For more information regarding the additional steps and what is required to travel to a “high risk location,” please visit the Northeastern University International Travel website.

For Dialogue of Civilization programs traveling to high risk locations, the faculty leader will complete the petition process on behalf of the group. Students are not required to submit individual petitions.